Crookers is the musical project of Italian DJ/producer, Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia and previously Andrea "Bot" Frantagelo.Crookers was originally a duo consisting of Phra and fellow producer Bot, who worked together from 2003-2012. When the two artists met, both were trying to branch out of their genre and explore dance music. Their first collaboration worked. Phra said "It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes... which isn't that easy here in Milan."On October 19, 2012, it was announced that Bot had left the group to pursue a new direction and that Phra would carry on the Crookers name as a solo project.Since then "Phra" has produced the song "Ghetto Guetta" under the alias "Crookers", the song was published on the former bands own label "Ciao Recs" under licence to the Be Yourself Catalog. The upcoming Crookers single "Heavy" is also produced solely by Phra.BiographyBot took up the guitar at an early age, later moving onto synths, turntables and sequencers. Phra had already started DJing by age 11, when he was introduced to the Italian hip hop scene.Their first international release was on Berlin's Man Recordings (Funk Mundial #3), for which Crookers contributed various remixes. The duo later released three EPs in 2008 (Knobbers, Mad Kidz and E.P.istola, all containing exclusive original tracks). Their debut album, Tons of Friends, was released in 2010.Their collaboration with Kid Cudi in "Day 'N' Nite" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2 and is featured on the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.Crookers work with producer/remixer Sketch Iz Dead on many of their tracks.In 2009 they DJed on ElectroChoc, an in-game radio station of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, which is based around the nightclub scene of Liberty City. Also, the group gained significant attention as the closing song in the final GTAIV game ("The Ballad of Gay Tony") is "No Security". In the same year they remixed 'Get On Your Boots' by U2 and confirmed to be one the most acclaimed DJ duo of that period.In November 2010 the duo signed a deal with Interscope Records, and they released their new single "We Love Animals" under the label as their first single of their upcoming second studio album.On 27 June 2011 (2011-06-27), Crookers released the The Gonzo Anthem EP. Then on 24 October, they released their second album, Dr Gonzo, featuring: Neoteric, Savage Skulls, Wax Motif, His Majesty Andre, Lazy Ants and Keith & Supabeatz. The album has been described as a return to their original style.Bot left the group in October 2012. Phra continues to use the Crookers name solo.Phra released a new track called ""Ghetto Guetta"" on the 22nd October 2013 on Ciao Recs, and released it on the 29th October 2013 on Big & Dirty Recordings under licence to the Be Yourself Catalogue.